Essay on Juvenile Death Penalty

1824 Words May 10th, 2006 8 Pages
Death at 18?
One of the most controversial issues in the country today is addressed in the question, "Should the death penalty be applied to juveniles, and if so how young is too young?" The death penalty has been in the United States for many, many years, and the United States still has yet to figure out how to solve all its dilemmas and whether or not the penalty is right or wrong. Debates about the use of the death penalty for juveniles have grown more intense because of the recent demand for harsher punishment for serious and violent crimes.
The death penalty has been in effect for many years and although some states have ruled it unconstitutional, it is still being used in many states today. The very first juvenile ever to be put
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Therefore, the Kent criteria were established to ensure that the decision to grant a transfer would be cautiously and carefully reviewed under set guidelines. Now, when a juvenile is given a waiver it is only after careful review and investigation of the evidence. Juveniles who are tried in adult criminal courts are found to be truly deserving of the same punishments handed down to adult offenders, including capital punishment.
All people should be treated equally is a common argument found in today's society. However, very seldom
are all people treated equally in any situation, the receiving of the death penalty not being an acceptation. There are hundreds of examples in the United States where the inequality of the death penalty sentence is evident. For example, two people who commit very similar crimes under very similar circumstance and in one case the offender could get death row and in the other case the offender might walk away with just a fine and a few hours of community service. Why does this happen? Without a doubt there are many factors which contribute to the sentencing phase of a trial. Many of these factors are legitimate and should be considered, however, many of them should not. Factors such as status, race, gender, wealth, age (to a degree), and social connections are often considered while in reality they should never come into the mind of the judge or the jury because they have no relevance on the case. This inequality seems to be evident…

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